11 October 2017

London Town, Maryland 2006

One day a special treat while visiting my friend in Annapolis. It was not so easy to tear myself away from the lovely serene view on her deck. And the non-stop talking. Donna and I met at the National Genealogical Society's first Conference in the States (Atlanta 1981) and remained fast friends through many years of conferences thereafter. It was also the same venue where she met her match in George, then editor of the NGSQ. I wanted to say a word or two about one day in August because she left our world a few years ago.

We were ready for the genealogist's second love: history. We went to nearby London Town, where the original seventeenth century seaport was being archaeologically assessed and partially reconstructed ... a "lost" town coming to life. The setting on Chesapeake Bay is magnificent. An archaeology lab is on site (a museum and other interests have been added since I was there ... http://www.historiclondontown.org/).

Twenty-three acres have been dedicated to the park that includes extensive woodland gardens. Horticulture enthusiasts come to enjoy the azalea glade and stroll the featured winter plantings.

The William Brown House (or London Town Publik House) is the main attraction. A National Historic Landmark, it post-dates the old town, probably built between 1758 and 1764. It's a fine example of colonial architecture and a living museum in itself.

Sharing the tour with someone so involved as a supporter of London Town Foundation was special. Needless to say, a variety of educational and historical demonstrations are presented here, along with cultural and arts programs.

Donna's friend, historian Greg, joined us for a walk in historic Annapolis; the entire district is a National Historic Landmark. Shiplap House is another (ca.1715) well preserved colonial edifice. Some believe the former tavern is haunted by the ghost of a once-popular prostitute, an unsolved murder.

Naturally, refreshments were mandatory. What a pair of local experts! I wish I'd taken more (better?) photos.

                         Thanks, crazy Caddy lady and RIP.

© 2017 Brenda Dougall Merriman

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